10 Ridiculous Ways Actors Were TRICKED Into Movie Roles

3. The Watcher - A Friend Forged Keanu Reeves' Signature 

The Watcher
Universal Pictures

One year after the release of this critical dud, star Keanu Reeves revealed he had been tricked into taking the role. The victim of an exceptionally good signature forgery, Reeves resentfully went ahead with filming over a long, drawn out legal battle. Directed by real life pal Joe Charbanic, the film depicts Reeves as a sadistic serial killer in a cat and mouse game with the FBI's James Spader.

Rumours circulated at the time of production that Reeves was unhappy with his once minor role becoming a central part of the film. Already feeling duped, it was believed the One exploded upon discovering Spader was earning $1.5m more for the project. Letting it all out in an interview with the Calgary Sun, Reeves instead revealed, "I never found the script interesting, but a friend of mine forged my signature on the agreement."

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Reeves flatly refused to promote the film in any capacity upon its release in 2000. His face was not captured on any of the promotional materials and he has rarely spoken of it since. His performance was deemed woefully miscast by many and earned him an ever-dreaded Razzie nomination.

Fortunately for the future John Wick, Battlefield Earth came out that year ensuring he (and just about every nominee not in Battlefield Earth) was safe from bagging the win.


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